Boys soccer: Tom Cappas, Andrean stay unbeaten
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent August 29, 2012 11:10PM
Updated: October 1, 2012 5:33PM
GRIFFITH — Usually, timing is everything.
Either that, or Andrean midfielder Tom Cappas just happened to be in the right place at the right time during Wednesday night’s Northwest Crossroads Conference game against Griffith.
Cappas tipped in a shot from teammate Jose Angulo at 33:12, snapping a scoreless tie and helping the unbeaten 59ers (6-0, 4-0) to a 2-0 victory over the host Panthers (3-2, 2-1).
“We go outside in, that’s our style,’’ said Cappas, after scoring his second goal this season.
“Our outside mid, Evan (Fogle) played it across, took a skip in the box and Jose tried to shoot it through the goalie’s legs. I timed it and just tipped it in.’’
Andrean coach Pete Reist said the goal — the only score in a defensive first half battle — was “pretty.”
“Our whole style is to play the outside flanks pretty much,’’ he said.
“It’s a little more difficult on a smaller field like this, which we don’t like. We like a little bit more real estate to work with.’’
The 59ers tallied an insurance goal when Mike Gore scored off an assist from Aaron Corder, giving Andrean a 2-0 lead at 44:50.
The 59ers took advantage of a Panthers’ mistake in the midfield to score that goal.
On Andrean’s first goal by Cappas, Griffith coach Ron Knestrict said his team didn’t clear the ball well and paid the price.
“They’re fast, they’re quick, you’ve got to give ’em that,’’ said Knestrict, of the 59ers.
“I thought overall, we played pretty well. We played pretty tough defense, but our offensive opportunities were kind of limited. They didn’t have a lot of offensive opportunities, either, but they had a lot of runs, which changed the transition.’’
Cappas said the 59ers, who reached the regional finals before losing last year, are a close-knit team.
“I like this team -- it’s a good team,’’ he said. “The chemistry is 10 times better this year. Everyone likes each other and we work on it.’’